FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Matt Bevin swore Kelly Craft in as U.S. Ambassador to Canada on Friday. She is the first female to fill the post.
"Kelly Craft will be an extraordinary emissary between the United States and Canada," Gov. Bevin said in a news release. "A diplomat must be intelligent, genteel, a good listener, and have a strong network. Kelly possesses all of these qualities and is an incredible class act in every sense of the word."
"Growing up in Glasgow, I never dreamed of a day like this," said Ambassador Craft. "This is the highest professional honor of my life, but I'm also sobered by the challenges and opportunity this service provides. Every day will not go as planned, but I know whatever success comes my way will be deeply rooted in my faith in God and the man that shares my heart.
"Although our address will be in Ottawa, my heart will always remain in Kentucky—this is the place I will always return to. It is the place that restores me, that cares for my soul."
Craft is no stranger to serving our country. In 2007, she served as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nation's 61st session of the General Assembly. She advised the American Ambassador on several issues, including U.S. engagement in Africa.
Craft has also served on the Salvation Army of Lexington Board of Directors and the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees. She is married to Joe Craft. Together with Morehead State University, the couple supports the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics.
Craft is a native of Glasgow and a graduate of the University of Kentucky.